Three people have been detained by the police on suspicion of being associated with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terror network in Uganda.
According to Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson, the accused were from the Kisungu zone, Mbiko in the Njeru Town Council, and the Buikwe district. Enanga identified the suspects as Sheikh Yasin Senyonga, Abubakar Katakuwange and Juma Bogere.
“The suspects are currently in custody of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI),” Enanga said, adding that efforts are underway by the joint security to identify their collaborators.
Enanga, who made the revelation yesterday at the Uganda Police Force headquarters in Naguru, Kampala, said the latest arrests prove that the country is still vulnerable to threats from ADF remnants.
“As joint security agencies, we will continue to intensify operations against persons linked to acts of terrorism. We also continue to monitor all spaces in homes, places of worship and businesses which are acting domains for coordination of terror activities,”Enanga told journalists yesterday
Three Children Hacked to Death
Enanga said they are also investigating an incident where three children were hacked to death last week. The children aged between three and four years were hacked at three different places.
According to him, in Kamwenge district, a cowife named Justine Nyirahizabwe, 50, allegedly killed her four-year-old kid after timing her husband and cowife’s trip to Mpanga market centre.
The victim, identified as Maclean Nyirashutte, was hacked with an axe to death.
“We deployed our Police dogs which led the investigators to the home of the suspect,” he said.
Enanga said the suspect was arrested and will be charged with murder. The other incident occurred in Hoima, where a father identified as Peter Musana allegedly beheaded his nine-month-old son, Maurice Ayebare. The incident happened at Kiyembe- Kiryatente in Hoima.
“The suspect is on the run, but we have put up a serious manhunt for him and we call upon the public to help us trace him,” Enanga said.
He said the third incident took place in Kagadi and involved a father allegedly hacking his two-year-old son to death.
“The father has been identified as Tusiime Kusemererwa and the victim was identified as Tumuhurwe Mutegeki,” he said.
The incident took place in Nyagereka cell, Kagadi. He said the homicide department is fast-tracking the investigations to get to the bottom of the motives behind the murders.